This post is about my podcast Visiting With Visitors where I strike up deep conversations in the French Quarter with complete strangers from all around the world.
A couple of days ago I went out and talked to strangers, and I have to tell you, as someone who would generally define himself as an introvert, it was some of the most fun I have had. I wandered through the quarter looking for people who seemed like they might be up for a chat and ended up finding two different couples to talk with. One outside of Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (Episode 01!) and the other couple in CC’s Coffee House on Royal St. The conversations went very well and I won’t spoil them here, but I will say that I feel like forged a real connection.
I also took some time to enter random shops and strike up conversations with the owners / employees. Found a great spot on Bourbon called Tricou Gifts and the manager, Emmett, was so much fun to talk with. He’s a great guy and his store sells everything touristy that you might want, from hats, to hot sauce, from t shirts to “tobacco” pipes.
Also stuck my head into Graphite Galleries on Royal where I met Taylor, the owner. He was gussying up the place, putting down a fresh paint job and doing some rearranging. I absolutely love the artwork in there. A bit too rich for my blood, but it was a pleasure checking it out and talking with Taylor. (The website doesn’t do it justice. Go there in person!)
I was heading into another shop on Bourbon when someone ran up and told me I looked like prince Eric in my tour guide costume. That’s a first! I ended up talking with her and her two friends (from Africa!) for a good hour and a half. They were moderately drunk and lots of fun.
All in all it was an awesome experience. I know some places aren’t as conducive to conversations with strangers as New Orleans, but I think it’s worth giving it a try, guys!